The Documentary Brief Encounters Spotlights the Photography of Gregory Crewdson

The haunting work of photographer Gregory Crewdson has affected viewers for more than 20 years. With a cinematic, panoramic flair, he creates scenes that display the dark side of American suburbia, an alternate universe where ghastly realities lurk in the most bucolic of settings. Chiefly inspired by the masters of the moving image—Hitchcock, Spielberg, Lynch—Crewdson goes to great lengths to produce pictures that could be a still frame from a film: Elaborate sets are built and country landscapes combed for the perfect environment, into which he places characters in moments of crisis or corrosive indecision. In such series as HoverTwilight and Beneath the Roses, unanswered questions both familial and supernatural confound the spectator: What has just happened to that car? Where is she going, or has she just returned? That strange light…is it real, or a hallucinatory vision?

Gregory Cresdson creates scenes that display the dark side of American suburbia, an alternate universe where ghastly realities lurk in the most bucolic of settings.

Now, filmmaker Ben Shapiro has directed a documentary, Brief Encounters, which provides some insight into Crewdson’s aesthetic and method of working. Filmed over a period of ten years, beginning in 2000—when the photographer was conceptualizing and creating his Beneath the Roses series—the movie investigates the artist’s quest for the ideal image and the immense team effort that goes into it. Brief Encounters will premiere at New York’s Film Forum as soon as it reopens after the effects of Hurricane Sandy. In Miami, Wynwood’s O Cinema will be showing the film on November 15th in association with Locust Projects; as part of a series titled “Art, Film & Food,” the evening will also include a dinner from Harry’s Pizzeria, the Michael Schwartz-helmed Design District eatery.

 

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Trailer from Benjamin Shapiro on Vimeo.

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